Winners of the 2019 Dept. of Anthropology Paper, Creative Work, and Service awards
Winners of the 2019 Dept. of Anthropology Paper, Creative Work, and Service awards
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Anthropology at Miami emphasizes holistic approach to learning through experiences in a wide variety of courses, independent studies, and field research.
The core courses lay a foundation in biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology.From there, you build knowledge and understanding in areas of your own interests.
Students in anthropology are encouraged to study abroad and to participate in both Miami-based and international learning experiences.
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From the Chair
Cameron Hay-Rollins
Dear Alumni:
May is a crescendo of energy as faculty and students alike bring the academic year to a close and celebrate student accomplishments.
This spring, twelve anthropology majors presented their research at the 50th Annual Undergraduate Research Forum at Miami University, and six students attended or presented at national professional meetings this spring.
Not only do we encourage students to engage in scholarly conversations at conferences, we encourage them to share the relevance of anthropological perspectives and skills with the public. Digital examples of public anthropology projects produced by our seniors will be available soon via our social media, and for those of you on campus, we invite you to stop by Upham Hall to see our new student-created digital touchscreen map of Upham Hall’s anthropological resources and collections, including 3-D images of some of our artifacts.
May is also a time of transition. For some students it is for transitioning from classroom work to field work. For example, the Rebecca Jeanne Andrew Award and the Spielbauer Funds enabled four students to conduct field research on wooly monkeys with Dr. Kelsey Ellis in Ecuador this summer.  Four additional students are embarking on Summer Scholars, Dean’s Scholars, and the Goldman Scholars individual research projects.
For other students, it is a time for transitioning into the next chapters of their lives, as they start graduate school or employment in many diverse career paths with their anthropological perspectives and Miami-honed skills.
This May was also bittersweet as we also celebrated the retirements of two faculty: Dr. Perry Gnivecki, who has led the archaeology program on the Hamilton campus for over 15 years, and Dr. Linda Marchant, the founding Chair of the Department of Anthropology who has been teaching biological anthropology including primatology for 30 years.  We shall miss them keenly but are excited for them as they too embark on the next chapters in their lives. If you wish you reach either Linda or Perry, and you can continue to reach them using their Miami email addresses: and
If you are thinking of traveling to Oxford area, please be in contact with me.  I would welcome the opportunity to catch up with you and to invite you to engage with our students, inspiring them with the career paths you have taken.
By way of closing my reflections, I turn to the inspiring Jane Goodall, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
I wish you a summer of opportunities for making a difference.
Cameron Hay-Rollins
Professor and Chair
Student Spotlights
Lydia Yellow Hawk with guest speaker Ice T
Lydia Yellow Hawk (’19, with guest speaker Ice-T) reflects on her experience as an Anthropology major. Among her many honors, Lydia created the Hamilton campus chapter of the Native American Student Association.
Dante Rossi with Dr. Neringa Klumbyte
Dante Rossi (’19) reflects on his experience as an Anthropology major. In particular, he highlights his ethnographic fieldwork in summer 2018 as an Undergraduate Summer Scholar with faculty mentor Dr. Neringa Klumbyte.
Mitchell Singstock
Mitchell Singstock (’20) reflects on his experience as an Anthropology major, including his work with faculty mentor Dr. Cameron Hay-Rollins.
World Anthropology Day Lecture
Melvin Konner at World Anthropology Day Lecture
Dr. Melvin Konner (Emory University) delivered the 2019 World Anthropology Day Lecture at Miami University, “Women After All.”
Anthropology major wins 2019-20 Goldman Memorial Prize
Anthropology major Blake Burrell (’20) was one of two Miami undergraduates to receive the 2019-20 Goldman Memorial prize. Blake will conduct ethnographic fieldwork in three Cincinnati neighborhoods on the cultural dynamics of urban gentrification with faculty mentor Dr. James Bielo.
Two anthropology majors awarded President’s Distinguished Service Award
Two Anthropology majors – Lydia Yellow Hawk and Charles Kennick – were part of the 2019 cohort of students recognized for their exemplary service to the university with a President’s Distinguished Service Award.
Anthropology major and faculty part of inaugural Interdisciplinary Engagement Award (IDEA)
Anthropology major Brian Russo (’20) is one of four students to receive an Interdisciplinary Engagement Award. Brian and Public Health major Brendan Newman will work with faculty mentor Dr. Cameron Hay-Rollins in the coming year to focus on the inclusion of transfer students within the Miami community.
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